OUR NEXT MEETING: Sat., May 21, 2022

9:00 a.m. to Noon

Abundant Life Church

20488 Donovans Road

Georgetown, DE 19947

Tips for More Effective Writing & Critiquing

Lisa Falkner, facilitator of our May 21 meeting
Is your writing author-centered or reader-centered? Is your reader receiving your intended message? Does your writing achieve its intended purpose and evoke a response in your reader? Lisa Falkner, our facilitator for the May 2022 meeting will discuss tips that address these questions and more. We will also cover DCWA's critiquing guidelines and gain some additional tips for more effective critiquing.
 
We will do critiques, so please bring twelve copies of a double-spaced manuscript (3 pages or less, please). 
 
DCWA BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The officers are: Candy Abbott, President; Lisa Falkner, Vice President; Betty Kasperski, Treasurer; and our newly appointed Secretary, Jackie Pollock. 
 
VOLUNTEERS: The DCWA Facebook group is not being effectively utilized, so we're looking for a volunteer to serve as the Administrator.
 
REFRESHMENTS: Please bring snacks. After the meeting, we welcome you to join us at the Georgetown Family Restaurant for lunch.
 
Hope to see you on Saturday, May 21st!

DIRECTIONS TO:

Abundant Life Church

20488 Donovan's Road

Georgetown, DE 19947

Coming south on Rt. 113 (from Milford): As you approach the City Limits of Georgetown, turn left immediately after the BEACHES sign (an angled intersection with no light) onto North Bedford Street. (If you pass Walmart on 113, you've gone too far.) Take an immediate left on Donovan's Road (beside the State Police Credit Union). Abundant Life Church is on the left.

 

Coming north on Rt. 113 (from Millsboro): At the intersection of Rt. 18, get in the right lane of 113; go past Royal Farms, Arby's, and Walmart. Turn right when you see the sign for Division of Child Support Services. The Delaware Federal Credit Union will be facing you. Turn right and take an immediate left on Donovan's Road. Abundant Life Church is on the left.

 

Coming from the center of Georgetown: On North Bedford Street, when the road splits, bear right and go past North Georgetown Elementary. Take the next right on Donovan's Road beside the State Police Credit Union. Abundant Life Church is on the left. 

Meeting Schedule

DCWF meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month (with a few exceptions). Click here for the agenda and meeting dates and locations. We're a friendly group, eager to share resources about conferences, books, websites -- anything that will strengthen us as Christians who write. We hope you'll feel right at home from your first visit. If you ever find an exception to that, let us know!

Call for Submissions

If you're interested in submitting your manuscript for publication, we often have opportunities that we'll post on this page. One of our award-winning authors, Wilma Caraway, is compiling an anthology about things that kids say. Click this page to find out more.

 

 

 

 

Manuscript Critiques

At our regular meetings, we have a critique session, so bring your manuscript (10 copies of up to four double-spaced pages). No trembling, new folks--we'll point out the strengths as well as observations of areas that could be improved.

 

 

STATEMENT OF FAITH
This Statement of Faith includes the basic tenants of Christianity. As of 2020, all writers are welcome to attend meetings and events, but only those who have signed this statement will be voting members of Delmarva Christian Writers' Fellowship.
Statement of Faith.pdf
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 Purpose of DCWF

 

  • To encourage Christians on the Delmarva Peninsula to write with excellence in as many ways as possible, as diligently as possible. (Just imagine the impact if every believer who ever thought of writing were to put those words on paper and share them with a few close friends. From letters to articles to books and self-publishing, opportunities abound.)

 

  • To knit a strong foundation of encouragement, undergirding, and support, spurring one another on toward love and good deeds–all the more as we see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:24-25). The word "Fellowship" in our name is as important as "Writing."

 

  • To provide training for excellence through seminars, publications, critiquing, guest speakers, etc., so that we may present ourselves to God as workers who do not need to be ashamed and who correctly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

 

 

 

What you can expect from DCWF

 

Here we are at our monthly meeting in Oct. 2008 where our teaching was about manuscript formatting and how to navigate Microsoft Word. It is becoming more common for our members to bring their laptops. We're doing our best to keep abreast of the leaps and bounds of technology.

 

Established in 1993, the group has approx. 45 members on the rolls with an average attendance of 8 to 15 and a regional mailing list of 130. The majority are new writers who are mentored by those of us who have been published. It is an informal gathering for critiquing and encouragement with numerous resources to build up the Christian who writes.

 

There is  no membership fee, no "formal" agenda, and no pressure, but we do hold one another accountable to see progress in our writing.

 

We meet once a month, the third Saturday, from 9 until 12:30 (sometimes 10 to 2). Our meetings typically include a devotional, shared information, a teaching, critique groups, and prayer. Friendships are fostered over lunch and between meetings. On occasion, we host day-long writing seminars or retreats.  

 

A number of our members attend regional or national conferences (visit www.writehisanswer.com for links to the Philadelphia and Colorado conferences).

 

 

Our president, Candy Abbott, is beaming with good cause as she displays the award we--Delmarva Christian Writrs Fellowship--just received as The Best of Georgetown 2019 for Non-Profit association or organization. 

 

This unexpected endorsement comes just in time to help us promote the Delmarva Christian Writers Conference.

 

 

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